KASHIWA, Chiba Pref. — Kashiwa Reysol on Thursday dismissed its English manager Steve Perryman after a string of poor results in the first stage of the J. League Division One.
His assistant coach Tomoyoshi Ikeya, 40, will take charge of the team for the remaining two rounds in the stage. A new manager, from Brazil, is expected to take over from the start of the second stage as a Kashiwa official is currently negotiating with the potential candidate in Brazil. The first stage ends on Aug. 17 and the second stage will begin on Aug. 31.
Reysol has fired its manager twice within 13 months, having fired Perryman’s predecessor Akira Nishino (now Gamba Osaka manager). Perryman, 50, took over from Nishino in July last year and helped Reysol finish seventh in the 16-team division in the second stage.
This season, Reysol posted four wins against three loses before the World Cup. But since the break, the team has been hampered by injuries and fatigue to its World Cup players and has suffered six consecutive defeats, tying the club’s worst losing streak. Reysol is currently placed 12th in the standings.
“We feel sorry for putting all the responsibility on him alone. We know we all, including the players, are responsible (for the poor results) and there was some bad luck as well,” said Reysol president Shozaburo Kobayashi.
“But we couldn’t see the fighting spirit in our players’ in recent games and we fear that we may lose our sponsors and fans if the players continue like that. A new manager hopefully can bring the fighting spirit back into our squad.”
Perryman said it was the first time that he had been asked to leave a club and also to have lost in six straight matches in his coaching career. “The last six games were difficult. Whatever the reason was things didn’t happen for us and the team has lost confidence,” he said.
“I understand the club’s position and they would like to change the flow of the team (by this decision). I thank our players and staff. I wish them more luck in their remaining games so that they can change,” said Perryman.
“I’m proud to have been in charge of this team over the year. I’ve had many experiences, mostly good ones,” the former Tottenham Hotspur player and assistant manager said. “My confidence is not affected (by this). I really like working in Japan with Japanese players and I really like the Japanese fans. So, hopefully I will be back here one day.”
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